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Great place - Great location
Crowne Plaza Hotel (Glasgow)
Member Name: MinniMeW
Crowne Plaza Hotel (Glasgow)
Advantages: Great staff and super breakfasts
Disadvantages: For the rest of the year only 2 out of 3 lifts will be working at any point in time
I stay at the Crown Plaza Glasgow on a regular basis - at last twice a month for a couple of nights at a time, so I thought I would share my experiences.
The hotel is situated beside the SECC, this means that it is only 15minutes from Glasgow airport (£19 in a taxi usually), 5minutes from the train station and 5minutes from the city centre. It has a covered walkway connecting to the SECC so is perfect fir concerts etc. It also has a lovely view of the river out the front. It also has a panoramic lift offering fantastic views over the river and the city - right up to the 16th floor!
A little known fact about the hotel is that it is part of the Holiday Inn group. This means that if you are a Holiday Inn priority rewards card holder you can collect points for each stay, you receive points for the room and for any food/drink charged to your room while you are there. This means that there are two ways of checking in. Standard check in at a desk to your left when you enter the hotel, or the priority check in desk further round to the left. Both are staffed by the same core team. Priority check in will give you a greater chance of getting upgraded free of charge to an executive room on the 15th floor with access to the free bar. I have always found check in to be very easy and quick.
The hotel itself has 16 floors including the covered walkway to the SECC, small gym, swimming pool, small shop, beauty salon and a cocktail bar and restaurant. I have used the gym a few times and although small it does have most equipment though can get busy. The pool is small but always clean and tidy. I have also used the beauty salon several times and the staff are lovely and the prices are fairly standard but watch out for special offers, they do one treatment on offer each month, Feb was a full body hot stones massage half price! Summer months have wax/fake tan combo's at great prices.
The rooms are all pretty spacious with individual air-con units in each room, mini-bar, hair-dryer, tea making facilities, television and wireless connection. Basic toiletries are supplied in each room with extras in the executive rooms (such as toothbrush and toothpaste). Room have always been cleaned to a good standard and beds made everyday (with maybe too many pillows!). There is also a trouser press in most rooms.
The food in the hotel can vary; I usually eat out in the evening as I have found room service to be quiet slow, although the restaurant and bar serve great food. The breakfasts are fantastic! Full range of fruit available, yogurts, bread and pastries, cereals, cheeses and of course a full fry. I have always found the staff to be very accommodating, offering me napkins to take food away when I am rushed or making fresh poached eggs to be a little healthier.
All in all a fantastic hotel in a great location. Watch out for special offers on their website to reduce the price from its usual £99 pr room per night.
Summary: Great hotel great location friendly staff
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